Crane Season Programs & Events

Programs and events designed to enhance your visitor experience.

On-site Programming & Events for 2017

Crane Behavior Basics     March 4 - April 9     9:00 am & 3:30 pm daily
This 45-minute class offers a look into the common behaviors of Sandhill Cranes and how they utilize sound and body language to communicate with one another. In this class, participants will learn to recognize some of the most common behaviors and what they mean.

Cost is $10.00 per person and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Habitat Tours     March 4 - April 9     Every Friday & Saturday
Tours are offered from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Enjoy a hayrack ride around Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary with a knowledgeable guide to learn more about conservation efforts on the Platte River. The hayrack ride can be very cold so please dress appropriately.

Space is limited for this 90 minute program. Cost is $10.00 per person and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Crane Carnival     March 11     10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary is hosting the eleventh annual Family Crane Carnival. This event is a one-of-a-kind carnival for all ages with an emphasis on fun and learning. This is a great opportunity to learn about cranes. Look for new activities, touchable exhibits, face painting, and much more. “Candy” Crane will also be out and about meeting and greeting young guests. Don’t forget to bring your camera and have your picture taken at the famous Sandhill Crane Photo Board! Cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. Reservations are not required.

Speaker Series

Bird Friendly Communities     March 24 & 25     10:30 am & 1:30 pm
Audubon’s Bird-friendly Communities conservation strategy is guided by the principle of improving communities all over the country by providing birds with food, shelter, safe passage and places to raise their young. Native plants provide resources that support birds in each of those areas, and research is demonstrating that even small patches of habitat planted with natives – down to the yard and neighborhood scale – can benefit birds. In 2016, Audubon introduced the nationwide Plants for Birds program that provides resources and support, with the goal of helping people put native plants in the ground in gardens, yards, and community spaces

Audubon’s Water Conservation Strategies     March 31 at 1:30 pm & April 1 at 10:30am

Off-site Programming & Events for 2017

Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival     March 16-19
In its 47th year, Audubon's Nebraska Crane Festival brings together hundreds of crane lovers from around the country to Kearney, Nebraska, to interact with a wide range of environmental speakers, take part in incredible birding trips, and experience the world's largest gathering of Sandhill Cranes!

The keynote speaker will be actress and author Jane Alexander. In addition, the festival will also feature Iliana Pena, Director of Conservation from Audubon Texas; and Matt Anderson, Audubon's Vice President of Climate Change. To view the festival program, learn more about the speakers, and register for the festival, visit

Wild Experience Room     March 18     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Audubon Nebraska will be hosting a Wild Experience room at the Kearney Public Library. This event will feature family friendly nature activities and live animal demonstrations. This event is free and open to the public.

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